Arriving in the world on October 12th 1981, the band's second studio album marks its fortieth birthday this month.
When it was remastered a few years back, Edge recalled the period of its writing like this.
'It was obvious to everyone that we were driving with two wheels over the edge of the cliff, and it drew from us, and particularly Bono, a level of creativity that we had not seen before.' 'Like all great rock,' ran the review in the English music title Melody Maker in 1981, 'you feel you must have heard these songs somewhere else - and yet they're unlike any other that you can think of.'
Producer Steve Lillywhite recalled the record in the band's magazine Propaganda.''October was the most difficult of the three three records I did with them basically because of the well-chronicled story of Bono losing his lyrics during the American tour. The fact that the first album had a bit of success in America meant that the band toured over there for a long time to do the groundwork. When they came back and it was time to do the second album, nothing was ready!" Of the eleven songs on the album, some like Gloria and October have always kept a place in the band's live set but if you had to choose only three tracks to keep from October what would they be?
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'With Or Without You' is the second track released from Songs of Surrender. Listen here.
'Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, with Dave Letterman' to premiere on Disney+ for St Patrick's Day.
Forty U2 songs, 're-recorded and reimagined'. Released March 17. (Hear the first track now)
Additional dates for Bono's 'Stories of Surrender' run at New York's Beacon Theatre. Tickets on sale Monday.